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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 29, 2006 4:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great Shows

It's strange how unpredictably those tears can come. At one of my last Grateful Dead shows, Sugaree made me weep. It wasn't all that remarkable of a performance, and the show itself was really nothing for the history books, either, but the song just touched me that night.

A great show? It's almost entirely subjective. There were nights when I was blown away with a one-way ticket to Mars Hotel and no return flight, when others were saying, "yeah, okay, not too bad, whatever." And the opposite has been true, as well. A few of my favorites from personal experience were the Mississippi River Festival show at Edwardsville, Illinois 8/16/80 and a couple of Alpine Valley shows from the '80's (8/7/82: Music Never Stopped>Sugaree>Music Never Stopped as the opener along w/BIODTL>On The Road Again during the first set; and 7/6/84: Space>Dear Mr. Fantasy>The Other One>Black Peter>Why Don't We Do It In The Road? and then some). Why? Well, the Edwardsville show was nothing short of phenomenal with a monster thunderstorm that hit right after sundown as they were in the jam between China Cat and I Know You, Rider, choreographed perfectly with the music. When the thunder exploded right as he was singing "The sun's gonna shine in my back door some day"---well, it just don't get no better than that. Other lyrics took on a whole new significance that night: "I'll call down thunder and speak the same!"; "Who can the weather command?" I ran into a number of people from my high school graduating class (Carlyle, IL, 1979) whose curiosity about The Grateful Dead had been piqued by having me as a classmate for two years, and actually ended up square dancing during Sugar Magnolia with a girl that didn't even have the time of day for me two and a half years earlier. The encore was Iko-Iko, a song I had never heard in my life, but, my, how well-received it was by the Heads who did know it, followed by One More Saturday Night, and that, ladies and gentlemen, was more fun than anyone can ever expect to have, regardless of what they're doing. As far as the Alpine Valley shows, one of them was similar in that I saw a bunch of college friends who were at their first show, not to mention the band seeming like they were in a particularly good mood; the other one (no pun intended) just had some really inspired playing-and that Do It In The Road proved to me that they were capable of almost anything, no matter how completely off the wall. But, again, so much of the experiences of them being great shows had to do with my personal state of mind. Look up the Autzen Stadium show from June of '78 here in the archive, and you will find a score of rave reviews, at least one of them from someone who was actually there. Ask me and I'll tell you it was the most ragged Dead show I ever saw, so there ya' go.

This post was modified by BryanE on 2006-12-30 00:11:07

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Poster: mcglone Date: Dec 29, 2006 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great Shows

i wasn't familiar with this show until i read your cosmic meltdown review - merci man!

i picked it up at estimated>>>gdtrfb. great drums! always loved the marleys ghost, draggy pan drums. must hear grateful dead music...

ian

http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-06-25.sbd.cotsman.7048.sbefail.shnf

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 29, 2006 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great Shows

It was my second Dead show, and it was quite a dose (in so many different ways). LOOOONG day: Eddie Money, The Outlaws, SANTANASANTANASANTANASANTANA-------and then The Dead.

People were leaving the stadium at the end, scooping their brains off the ground.

As we were straggling out, we walked by a couple of security guys whose eyes were just as bloodshot and bugged out as anyone else's, and overheard one of them say to the other, "Boring show, huh?" His partner barely managed to creak a weary smile and shake his head in acknowledgment of his co-worker's feeble attempt at irony.

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Poster: Chris Freedom Date: Dec 29, 2006 5:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great Shows

Bryan,
You nailed it good!
"Once in a while we get shown the light in the strangest of places, if we look at it right"